February 2007, the National Center for Students in Transition
held their annual conference on the Freshman Year Experience.
Attendance at this conference revealed that institutions are recognizing
and formalizing the connections between an FYE-type course and
the advisement experience.
Sessions offered at
this conference revealed that many institutions are beginning
to make structured connections between FYE-type courses and
the integration of advisement personnel and topics in these
courses. Several sessions highlighted advisement issues in relationship
to transitional courses for first-year students. One such session
was a roundtable discussion entitled “Integrating Advisement
Into New Student Orientation Courses.” The attendees participated
in a lively discussion about various models based on institutional
type and size. It quickly became evident that individuals at
many diverse institutions have either already begun to take
steps in this direction or are planning to do so; a NACADA interest
group would allow for exchange of ideas and best practices among
those at various stages of implementation and outcomes assessment.
From this conference session alone,
12 names were gathered from approximately 16-18 participants
who indicated interest in the formation of such a group. It
is highly likely that posing this option to the NACADA membership
will yield many members with similar interest in this topic.
There is currently no structured forum in any professional organization
for advisement professionals and faculty members to share information
on the models being utilized, strategies for successfully incorporating
advisement-related information and/or advisement professionals,
training and development for those involved, and possible outcomes
for implementation of such a model. It is apparent that NACADA
can be on the forefront and is integral in bringing stakeholders
together by forming this interest group and permitting a gathering
at the annual conference in 2007.
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